Arizona Rangers, Bisbee, Arizona
(Hayden Arizona Collection
Arizona State University Libraries)
Bisbee, Arizona, 1912
Copper greed, unbalanced heat, and borders:
the shrill 300-pounder calls her breasts
Night Shift Globes, charges three dollars.
Her man's a throat-slitter. Statehood's here.
The horizon takes a last savage breath
and darkness drapes the Copper Queen Hotel.
Shake your thin shirt off, pioneer,
slam the window shut, a woman says.
A man with hot imbecile-breath moans.
Geronimo is dead at Fort Sill, Oklahoma,
the Apache mountains are gouged.
Our demons keep impersonating us.
What a hoot, a hotel geezer says
to some god's flaming moon.